Saturday, February 04, 2023

"The Curse of Oak Island" is a popular television series on the History Channel that highlights the exploits of treasure hunters on the mysterious Oak Island. Oak Island is located close to Nova Scotia in Canada, and the theory of the show is that the remote location is host to several artifacts from before Christopher Columbus and other Europeans' arrival to the Americas, as well as a collection of items that could change history as we know it. The show started airing in 2014, and it is currently in Season 9. The show maintains a 78% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, and dedicated fans follow the pursuit of treasure almost as much as the cast.

From The History Channel

Rick, Marty and the Oak Island team are back for the biggest season yet – bringing with them more determination, resources and technology than ever in their quest to solve the 224-year old treasure mystery. After seismic testing conducted at the end of last season revealed a possible sunken ship buried in the triangle-shaped swamp, the team will use sonic core drilling, strategic dives and finally a historic big dig to find out what could be buried below. Now fully partnered with fellow land owner, Tom Nolan, the son of the late, Fred Nolan, Rick, Marty and Craig Tester will have unprecedented access to areas of the island that they hope will yield answers… and treasure.

Even more extensive metal detecting will be used to search on the surface of the island while exhaustive archaeological digs will be conducted near the historic homestead foundations of Daniel McGinnis and Samuel Ball.

The cofferdam at Smith’s Cove will be expanded to allow the team to conduct an even more extensive investigation than last year, which uncovered numerous manmade structures dating more than two decades prior to the discovery of the Money Pit in 1795. The Oak Island team will not only find more of the ancient slipway, but be searching for the box drains and artifacts — like the 14th century lead cross found two years ago. They will also be drilling and digging above the beach in search of the so-called convergence point where the box drains are believed to merge into a single flood tunnel leading back to the original Money Pit.

In the Money Pit area, itself, they will conduct deep ground penetrating radar to look for the flood tunnel and using cutting edge survey tech and heavy digging machines, they will excavate early 19th century searcher shafts to help triangulate their way back to the location of the original Money Pit. This will lead to the biggest and most extensive digs that Rick, Marty, Craig Tester and the team have ever conducted in an effort to once and for all locate the fabled “Chappell Vault.”

After 224 years, the Oak Island mystery, now has the greatest chance ever to finally being solved.

A medieval-style cross was found on the Curse of Oak Island

Found in a location referred to as "Smith's Cove," a medieval-style cross is excavated by the Langinas and the team's metal detector expert, Gary Drayton, in Season 5. Drayton believes that the cross is of Knights Templar origin and states on the show, "That's really old. This is the type of thing I'd expect to find in Europe. When I first saw it I thought, that looks Medieval — a Medieval cross. I mean, this is old. I would say it is somewhere between 1200 and 1600."

The Curse of Oak Island

In recent years some discoveries seem to suggest that people definitely did visit the island as early as the 1200s and predominantly in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Many believe that pirate treasure is hidden on the island, perhaps that of Captain Kidd himself, or that the Knights Templar were on some sort of secret mission that brought them to the island.

Coins, metal, wood and even coconut fibers have been found on the island, telling us that despite all the centuries of failed efforts, that yes, people did visit the island back in the day. But the jury is still out when it comes to actual buried treasure that’s priceless. There’s no ship or chests anywhere and the fabled money pit from legends remains just that: a legend. Perhaps one day a pile of gold will be uncovered on the tiny island but for now, it seems safe to say the island may have been used as a smuggling operation or a hideout spot.

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